MENASHA, Wis. Solar eclipse viewing parties were seen across northeast Wisconsin on Monday including at the Barlow Planetarium in Menasha. The planetarium offered folks more ways than one to view the rare event.
Hundreds waited in line to get their hands on a pair of eclipse glasses. The planetarium sold out of 400 of them in just 15 minutes.
"I really didn't plan on going out anywhere, then our neighbors said that they were going to High Cliff State Park and asked us if we wanted to go, so I figured come down and get the glasses before we go out," said Chris Pascale, a solar eclipse viewer.
The Barlow Planetarium had two telescopes with special filters on them so people could see the eclipse up close. They also showed the live stream from NASA, which followed the path of totality, the line cutting across the country where the moon completely covered the sun.
"NASA’s got like a whole array of planes, with all sorts of like weather readings, they're going to have telescopes pointing up at it, also they're going to be I know studying the ionosphere, which is the charged ions on the outside of the atmosphere," said Mathew Price, who is volunteering at the Barlow Planetarium for the eclipse.
Here in northeast Wisconsin the moon only covered up 80 percent of the sun, so eclipse glasses cannot come off the face, those in the path of totality are the only ones who can, and can do so only when the sun is completely covered up.
People gathered with lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas. They were seen sprawled across the planetarium's lawn for a chance to see the once-in-a-century event.
"Got to take advantage of the time to see it, it's one of those things that you don't get so see often so you don't want to miss it," said Pascale.